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Common storage questions: How do I use self-storage? What size storage unit do I need? What kind of lock should I get for my self-storage unit? Do I need a reservation or can I just walk in and rent a space? Do I need climate-control storage?

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How should I pack my storage unit?

It depends on what you’re storing—check out this resource for tips on packing your storage unit to perfection.

Before you start moving things in, take a few moments to plan where each item will go inside the unit. Arrange items you’ll want frequent access to towards the front of the unit, and leave room for a pathway so you can easily make your way to the back. Be sure to also leave space between stacks and around the edges of your unit for proper ventilation.

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Where can I find moving trucks?

Many storage facilities offer moving truck rentals (sometimes free), which you’ll need to schedule around availability. Each facility will have different policies regarding their free truck rentals.

SpareFoot is proud to work with Penske Truck Rental for moving truck rentals. All SpareFoot customers are eligible to receive a 10% discount from Penske. Rent online or call 888-622-6894 and mention “SpareFoot.” Your discount will be applied at checkout.

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What can I store in a storage unit?

Storage facilities are typically meant to store household belongings, but there are also specialty storage options for wine and vehicles. Check out the items you can’t store below for a better idea of whether or not your stuff passes the test.

Looking for tips on storing something specific? Check out our how-to articles:

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What can’t I store in a storage unit?

Specifics vary from facility to facility, but commonly restricted items include:

  • Perishable items (like food and drink)
  • Plants
  • Animals
  • People (dead or alive)
  • Hazardous, noxious or flammable materials
  • Illegal drugs
  • Explosives, firearms and other weapons

Some facilities allow storage of registered firearms, but you may have to purchase additional insurance.

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Can the facility help me move in?

In the self-storage world, customers are expected to “do it yourself” when it comes to the physical labor of moving. For professional assistance, contract a mover you trust or ask the storage facility if they can recommend one. In most cases, we suggest bringing a friend or family member along to help distribute the grunt work.

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